Daily News: March 16, 2015

Comerica Amends Sterling Facility

Sterling Construction entered into an amended credit agreement with its primary lender, Comerica Bank, and is actively considering several debt financing proposals to replace the credit facility. The amended agreement waives the breach of the tangible net worth covenant which occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014. The amendment reduces the total capacity of the revolving line of credit from $40 million to $35 million. The first covenant test subsequent to the amendment will be in May based on Sterling’s results for April 2015. This amendment allows the Company to complete the filing of its full year 2014 results with the agreement in place and provides it with adequate liquidity to fund its ongoing operations.

Additional conditions of the amendment include:

  • A reduction in the total capacity of the line of credit to $25 million on June 1, 2015, and a reduction to $15 million on September 1, 2015
  • An increase in cost from Prime + 150 basis points to Prime + 350 basis points
  • An amendment fee of $400,000 spread over four equal payments due at closing, June 30, September and December 30, 2015
  • Remaining unpaid fees are waived if at any point during the year the Company liquidates and terminates the line of credit a month before a payment becomes due
  • The Tangible Net Worth covenant will be reset to $75 million and the Debt and Asset Coverage covenants remain the same

The company has been evaluating several debt financing proposals with new lenders and expects to replace the current revolving credit line with a new credit facility by the end of April.

Thomas Wright, Sterling’s EVP and CFO, stated, “Sterling has a large asset base comprised of a sizeable fleet of modern construction equipment. As a result, a number of lenders have expressed an interest in potentially replacing our existing line of credit. We are currently in the process of evaluating several debt financing proposals, any of which will fully replace our previous facility of $40 million. This should provide us with adequate liquidity to fund our ongoing operations and support our growth for the foreseeable future.”

Sterling is a heavy civil construction company that specializes in the building and reconstruction of transportation and water infrastructure projects in Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii and other states.